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Frederick Lowry

1836 – 1863

Fred Lowry (1836-1863) was a stockman before he turned to cattle and horse duffing. In 1862 a warrant was issued for his arrest for horse theft, and he took to the bush. In 1863 he and John Foley terrorised the crowd at a race meeting in the Brisbane Valley, near Goulburn. Lowry shot a man. Apprehended, he was taken to Bathurst, but he escaped with several other prisoners and made his way to the Weddin Mountains, where he became involved with Ben Hall and John Gilbert, reportedly engaging with the latter in a shooting on the Lambing Flat goldfields in 1863. In the winter of that year, in company with others, he bailed up the Mudgee Mail, netting £5 700 - a haul second only to the proceeds of the Eugowra heist the previous year. At the end of August 1863 Lowry was holed up at the Limerick Races Hotel about fifty miles from Goulburn. Police acting on information received arrived and engaged Lowry and his companion in a gun battle, in which Lowry was shot in the throat. Loaded into a dray bound for Goulburn, he died on the journey, reportedly asking that it be noted that he 'died game'.

Updated 2018